Children and Family Relationships Bill 2015: Second Stage

I welcome the Minister and her officials to the House. I thank her for the consultation in advance of the debate and the opportunity for pre-legislative hearings on the general scheme of the Bill in committee. My colleague, Senator Katherine … Read more

Address to Seanad Éireann by Ms Catherine McGuinness on Children’s Rights in Ireland

Thursday, 19th June 2014 “I welcome Judge Catherine McGuinness. It was a joy to listen to her, but her words have provided us with a stark reminder and challenged us in this House for work ahead. I note her work … Read more

04 March 2014: Quarterly Meeting of the Joint Committee on Health and Children, The Minister for Health, James Reilly TD, and The HSE.

Questions submitted in advance by Senator Jillian van Turnhout and response received: Question 9: Work undertaken by the HSE’s National Oversight group Question 10: Allowing Pronouncement of death by advance Paramedics Question 11: Poor performance in Children’s rights alliance report … Read more

Independent Group Motion: Condemning the Holding of Child Beauty Pageants in Ireland

Wednesday, 5 March 2014 Link to full debate ) I move: “That Seanad Éireann – -recognises that childhood, as a time-specific and unique period in a person’s development, is a distinct space from adulthood; -appreciates the difficulties and pressures faced … Read more